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  • Obtained a directed verdict in favor of our hospital client. The case originally featured 17 different defendants, and ultimately went to trial against four co-defendant physicians and the hospital. Plaintiff alleged that her husband went to the hospital with an aortic dissection that ultimately went undiagnosed and untreated, leading to his death less than two hours after being discharged. Specifically regarding the hospital, plaintiff alleged a failure of the nurses to report chest pain to the attending physicians and a failure to follow physician orders. Plaintiff sought $1.25 million in damages from the hospital, the maximum recoverable amount allowed under the Indiana Medical Malpractice Act.  Johnson & Bell successfully refuted these allegations and argued that the hospital's nurses properly cared for the patient, including his eventual discharge.  In addition, the defense team maintained that the hospital, and its nurses, did not cause or contribute to the patient's death. As a result, the trial court entered a directed verdict in favor of the hospital at the close of plaintiff's case-in-chief.
  • In a case of first impression, obtained a directed verdict in favor of a hospital client in a negligent credentialing dispute. Plaintiffs are seeking millions of dollars alleging Johnson & Bell’s client negligently credentialed a cardiologist who allegedly performed unnecessary surgeries in more than 300 cases. This is the first case of its kind because it invokes a review of a hospital credentialing process and seeks to hold hospitals responsible for independent physicians on their respective staffs.  By securing this directed verdict in its client’s favor, the Johnson & Bell trial team has helped set a precedent for the other pending cases and any other case against a hospital involving its credentialing processes.
  • Obtained a directed verdict in favor of a hospital client in a negligent credentialing dispute. Plaintiffs are seeking millions of dollars alleging Johnson & Bell’s client negligently credentialed a cardiologist who allegedly performed unnecessary surgeries in more than 300 cases. This is the first case of its kind because it invokes a review of a hospital credentialing process and seeks to hold hospitals responsible for independent physicians on their respective staffs. By securing this directed verdict in its client’s favor, the Johnson & Bell trial team has helped set a precedent for the other pending cases and any other case against a hospital involving its credentialing processes.
  • Received a directed verdict in favor of an Indiana-based hospital client, after five days of testimony on plaintiffs’ behalf. In this case, the plaintiffs filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the hospital and the mother’s obstetrician, claiming they were negligent in the delivery of the child. The plaintiffs sought $2.2 million in damages. Against Johnson & Bell’s client, the hospital and its staff, the plaintiffs charged that the nursing staff breached the standard of care by instructing the patient to push before the shoulder dystocia was relieved, which, in turn, caused his brachial plexus palsy. However, Johnson & Bell attorneys successfully countered all arguments presented by the plaintiffs’ expert. At the end of the plaintiffs’ case, the judge issued a directed verdict in favor of the hospital, resulting in a favorable judgment for the hospital. The case continued against the doctor, who also successfully obtained a not guilty verdict for his own conduct.